Legally Declared Haunted Home For Sale in New York’s Hudson Valley
There is a house in New York that has been legally declared haunted (the Ghostbusters Ruling) and it is currently on the market for $1.9 million. Did the current owner know that there had been some controversy surrounding the house before they purchased it and painstakingly remodeled it? I can't answer the question, only the current owner can, who according to the Trulia listing, is singer rapper Matisyahu. Want to see what the house looks like? Scroll to see the photos.
According to onlyinyourstate.com, the house was originally built around 1900 and was originally used as a boarding house. When did the house become haunted? Well, there is no exact time line based on this article, but interesting things started happening in 1960 that (at the time) the new owners were not aware of. The owners (the Ackerly's) sort of made a type of peaceful co-existence with the spiritual entities that had been in the home.
The controversy over the home didn't start legally until the Ackerly's went to sell the home. The potential future owners, the Stombovsky family, even went so far as to putting down a deposit on the home. It was shortly after that, that the Stombovsky family was informed about the haunting's that had allegedly been taking place during the time that the Ackerly's lived there. The Stombovsky's decided that the did not want to be a part of the unique history of the home and wanted to cancel the sale and get their money back.
This caused a court case, where they had to prove that the house was haunted. The first ruling was in favor of the Ackerly's. The Stombovsky's appealed and won the second court case.
Do you think that whether a house has a haunted past should be disclosed when selling a home? Do you think that if someone has died in a home that it should also be disclosed when selling a home?
If you do end up purchasing it, we would love to get a tour and talk to you about whether or not you think that it is haunted.